Actress causes outrage with racist comments on live TV

Glee actress Naya Rivera caused a bit of a stir yesterday when she made some controversial comments about race live on air.

The star was appearing as a guest host on The View when she shared a rather questionable opinion about the personal hygiene of people of different ethnicities.

"I have to say I have a theory about showering, [which] is that I think that white people shower a lot more than ethnics," Rivera commented to panelists Rosie O'Donnell and Nicole Wallace. "I feel like showering more than once a day or every day is such a white people thing."

Trying to defend her point after a stunned reaction, Naya mentioned her mother who is half-African American, half-Puerto Rican. "She showers every day, so I can say this," the actress said. "But I can say that I am now married to a white man [Ryan Dorsey], and he showers a lot. Like, a lot – two, three times a day. I'm like, 'What are you doing?'"

Despite Naya's attempts to defend her point, many viewers took issue with the comments, expressing their anger online:

The star took to Twitter after the show, telling people to lighten up:

Maybe not the best way to diffuse the situation, Naya!